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News :: Labor : Politics
IBEW Local 2222 members vote to endorse Wilson for state Auditor
10 Aug 2006
Members of IBEW Local 2222 -- a union of several thousand telephone workers in the greater Boston area -- voted on August 2 to endorse Rand Wilson for state Auditor.
"Back in 1989, Rand Wilson worked hard to support us during our three month strike to stop the telephone company from balancing skyrocketing health care benefit costs on our backs. And he has stood by Local 2222 members in every battle we've had since," said Committee on Political Education (COPE) Chair P.J. Foley. "Now we are proud to stand with the Working Families Party and Rand in his bid for Auditor."

In 1995, Local 2222 recognized Wilson with a special award, "Given in appreciation by Local 2222 for all of your help and dedication to the labor movement."

"I've worked closely with the members of Local 2222 in many struggles for the good jobs that Massachusetts communities need," said Wilson. "Local 2222's support for our campaign sends a message to all telecommunications workers that our political strategy to change the face of politics in Massachusetts is the best way forward for all working people.

"It's an honor to have this vote of confidence in our campaign for Auditor and to have Local 2222 as a continuing sponsor of the Ballot Freedom campaign," Wilson added.

Seeking the endorsement, Wilson briefed Local 2222's COPE committee on July 5 about the referendum campaign to win Ballot Freedom and the strategy to run a Working Families Party candidate for Auditor. After careful consideration, union members voted to endorse and financially support Wilson at their August 2 membership meeting.

Wilson will attend a September 6 membership meeting to accept the endorsement and thank the union for its support.

The Wilson for Working Families campaign has also been endorsed by the United Electrical Workers Northeast Region, Communications Workers of America Local 1365, the Political Action Committee of ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), the Women's Health Institute, and the Women's Universal Health Initiative.

For a candidate bio, photos, news clips, and background information, please contact the Wilson for Working Families Campaign at 617 623-8405.
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